Storytellers – The Camino pilgrimage trail by Ron, Phillipe and David

BBC Members Ron Crause, Philippe Xavier and David Sumner gave a well prepared and enjoyable talk on the CAMINO. The Camino pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, Spain is the most famous and popular trail walked or cycled in the world. There are many starting points to this trail from Ireland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc. There are also many reasons why pilgrims undertake the very beautiful, arduous and long journey. In many ways it is also a culinary cultural experience.

Ron started by providing lots of background on the historical aspects of the walk and how it became so popular. He also explained the many ways to take part, on foot or bicycle, and the different stages and planning involved. Philippe (his first Storytellers evening) and David then spoke about their experiences and walked us through some wonderful photographs of ‘life on the trail’.

Ron, Philippe and David gave a fun, fast paced talk and between themselves covered most things a prospective pilgrim (like Denise) would want to know; the Camino Passport, Certificate of Welcome, the Markings, choosing the right route, food on the Camino, accommodation options and traps, preparation, and the importance of caring for your feet!

20 Camino de Santiago Facts

  1. Camino de Santiago means Way of St James and refers to the routes leading to Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia.
  2. Santiago de Compostela means St James of the field of stars.
  3. There are many Camino de Santiago routes, starting in France, Portugal and Spain.
  4. Pilgrims used to start their ‘Camino’ from their own homes.
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Storytellers – 16th May commencing at 7:30 pm

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The Camino pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, Spain is the most famous and popular trail walked or cycled in the world.
There are many starting points to this trail from Ireland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy,etc.

There are also many reasons why pilgrims undertake the very beautiful, arduous and long journey. In many ways it is also a culinary cultural experience.

As BBC members Ron Crause, Philippe Xavier and David Sumner have all done parts of the trail either on foot or on bicycle they would like to impart their knowledge and experience concerning this very valuable experience of a lifetime.

They will cover areas such as the different trails on the Camino, Fitness preparation, Camino packing guide and their personal experiences and observations on the Camino. There will be a Q&A session as well.

So strap on your boots, put on your hat, grab your walking poles and join us in this adventure.

Buen Camino!

Storytellers – Coach Charm and Marty Filipowski

We welcomed Coach Charm to talk about some of the travels and challenges that swimming has brought her. Charm needed little introduction, a former BBC Club Captain, former Storyteller, famed for her initiative ‘the Charm’s 500’ which has attracted a growing following and most recently appointed joint BBC Club Member of the Year!

Balmoral training

Charm was joined by Marty Filipowski who earlier this year became the 100th swimmer to successfully swim the Cook Strait. Marty and Charm have teamed up previously for Marty’s other swims namely the English Channel, Catalina and Manhattan. We were also joined by Marty’s partner Sonny who provided an insight into being involved in such endurance swims without actually participating.

Storytellers Sonny, Marty and Charm

Before we gave the floor to Charm, Marty and Sonny we began with a little bit of audience participation as we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to regular attendee Alan Gill, who had recently turned 80. Mention was also made of Hilarie Lindsay, sister of Dallas, and daughter of Arthur Dyson, one of the original Smugglers, the founders of the BBC. Hilarie who turned 95 on the day of our meeting for once was an apology. Certainly a rare occurrence indeed for Hilarie to miss a Storytellers meeting! Continue reading